Gateway Family Newsletter (English)

December 2019

Terry Burton, Principal

Nicole Longlee, Asst. Principal

Important Upcoming Events


Dec. 5th---STEAM Night, 5:30 pm ---7:00 pm

Dec. 11th---Winter Program, 9:30 am and 1:30 pm, Grades K thru 6th

Dec. 13th---Gateway Talent Ticket Winners Announced

Dec. 16th---Third Grade Field Trip to Rose Theater

Dec. 20th---Pre-K Plan Day, (No School for Pre-K students)

Dec. 20th---Second Quarter Ends

Dec. 20th---Report Cards Sent Home

Dec. 23rd thru January 3rd---Winter Recess (No School for All Students)

Jan. 6th---Teacher Planning/Professional Development Day (No School for All Students)

Jan. 7th---School Resumes for all Gateway Students

Jan. 7th---Third Quarter Begins

Jan. 16th---Kindergarten Registration

Office Notes

Please remember that due to Winter Recess, classes will not be in session for Gateway Elementary students from Dec. 23rd thru Jan. 3rd. Jan. 6 is a professional development day and school will not be in session.

School will resume for all Gateway students on Tuesday, January 7th, 2020. On behalf of the staff at Gateway we wish you and your family Happy Holidays!!!!

Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten registration at Gateway is scheduled for Thursday, January 16th, 2020. If you need to register a kindergartner for the 2020-21 school year, please stop by Gateway anytime between 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 16th.

Children turning five on or before July 31, 2020 are eligible to attend kindergarten in 2020-21. Parents/guardians are asked to bring the following to the registration:

  • The child's immunization record
  • The child's birth certificate
  • Address verification/proof of residence (Acceptable documents include a utility, phone or cable bill, or a lease or home purchase agreement.)

Future kindergarteners will be able to visit kindergarten classrooms in May, 2020. More information will be sent home as the date approaches.

Please call Gateway’s main office with questions.

Flu Season

Unfortunately influenza season is upon us! Getting an annual flu vaccine is the first and best way to protect yourself and your family from the flu. Flu vaccination can reduce flu illnesses, doctors’ visits, and missed work. The more people who get vaccinated, the more people will be protected from flu, including older people, very young children, pregnant women, and people with certain long-term health conditions who are more vulnerable to serious flu complications.

Symptoms of influenza include a high fever, body aches, cough, and severe symptoms for up to one week.

Protect your kids and schedule an appointment today by calling your health care provider or one of the School Based Health Centers listed below.

SBHC at Bryan High School #402-991-3904,

SBHC at Indian Hill, #402-933-4968,

SBHC at Springlake #402-932-7014

Holiday With The Blue

Please join the Omaha Police Department for a wonderful Christmas time at the Southeast Precinct's 18th annual Holiday with the BLUE event on Sunday, December 15th from 1-4pm at South High School, 4519 S. 24th Street.

Come take photos with Santa and the officers, enjoy music and performances like our special guests, Alexis y sus Caballeros, relax and enjoy the refreshments, play games, collect valuable winter safety information and Kids ages 10 and under get a toy from the officers. See flyer attached and share with your family and friends. Check us out on OPD Facebook.

Winter Dress

As winter quickly approaches, please help our students come to school appropriately dressed for the weather and outdoor play. Recess is an important time for our students to socialize and engage in self-selected physical activity. At Gateway we try to ensure outdoor recess daily for students as much as possible.

Outdoor recess will not be held if the temperature or wind chill is ten degrees Fahrenheit or below.

At all other times the decision for inside or outside recess is made based on factors such as age, student dress, playground conditions (including ice, snow, sun, mud,) and class need for outdoor activity. When required, recess might be shortened or moved inside.

When indoor recess is necessary, students still have opportunities to take part in physical activity. At Gateway, our classrooms provide supervised options such as: completing stretching exercises, jogging or doing jumping jacks in place, Go Noodle exercises and other activities that promote physical activity.

Buffett Award for Outstanding Teachers

Recognize those that make a difference every day.

If you and your child would like to recognize a teacher for outstanding work, please write a letter of nomination to The Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation. It doesn’t have to be formal; don’t worry if you don’t write well. Letters should be a heartfelt expression of why you believe that this teacher would be a worthy candidate for the Buffett Award. Nominations can also be submitted online at:

Parent Survey

Survey Dates: August 15—May 22

How to access:

Notes: Parents can now give feedback throughout the year with the Parent Voice survey. Simply click on the link above!

Nebraska Family Helpline

Raising kids is hard. It’s okay to ask for advice. The Nebraska Family Helpline is a free, confidential resource for parents who have questions regarding their child’s behavior. Trained counselors are standing by. Have a question? Give them a call at 1-888-866-8660.